Allied Warships

HMS Preston North End (FY 230)

ASW Trawler

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeASW Trawler
Class[No specific class] 
PennantFY 230 
Built bySmiths Dock Co., Ltd. (South Bank-on-Tees, U.K.) 
Ordered 
Laid down 
Launched26 Jul 1934 
CommissionedNov 1939 
End service 
Loss position63° 29'N, 23° 49'W
History

Completed in August 1934.
Taken over by the Admiralty in September 1939.
Displacement: 419 tons.
Armament: 1 12pdr gun.

Returned to her owner in November 1945.
Wrecked south-west of Iceland in position 63º29'N, 23º49'W on 14 April 1950.

 

Commands listed for HMS Preston North End (FY 230)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. (retired) Francis Beversham Hanson, RN2 Nov 193911 Nov 1939
2Lt.Cdr. Harry Marcus Crews Sanders, RNR11 Nov 1939

3Lt. Kenneth Arnold Vasey, RNR17 Apr 1940early 1943
4T/Lt. Derrick Kyrle Bennett, DSC, RNVRearly 194312 Jun 1944
5T/A/Lt.Cdr. Alan Edward Burrell, RNVR12 Jun 19445 Dec 1944
6T/Lt. Edward Winebloom, RNVR5 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Preston North End include:


My Father's name is incorrectly spelt should read Derrick Kyrle Bennett also he was awarded the D.S.C. (1)

2 May 1941
HMS Seawolf (Lt. P.L. Field, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Blyth. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, RNR). (2)

20 Jul 1941
HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, RNR). (3)

24 Apr 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) shifted from Scapa Flow to Lerwick escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (4)

10 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS London (Capt. R.M. Servaes, CBE, RN), HMS Stoke City (Lt. D.P. Piggford, RNR), HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (5)

12 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) and HMS Davy (Skr. W.J. Salisbury, RNR). (5)

15 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (5)

24 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) shifted from Scapa Flow to Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (5)

27 Sep 1942
HMS P 614 (Lt. D.J. Beckley, RN) departed Lerwick for Holy Loch. She made the passage together with HMS P 615 (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN). They were initially escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) until HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN) took over on the 28th. (6)

28 Sep 1942
At 1850 hours, HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)), made rendez-vous South off Barrahead with the British ASW trawler HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). Both ships set course for Scapa Flow through the Minches. (7)

17 Nov 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (7)

21 Nov 1942
The Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) and the Polish submarine ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. J. Kozio³kowski) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She is escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). On the 23th the British ASW trawler HMS Quadrille (T/Lt. N.T. Chetwood, RNVR) took over the escort. (8)

10 Dec 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) departed Dundee for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (9)

12 Dec 1942
HMS P 223 (Lt. G.D.N. Milner, DSC, RN) departed Scapa Flow for Lerwick. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). (10)

25 Jan 1943
HMS P 219 (Lt. N.L.A. Jewell, RN) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR) until 0730/27 when HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) took over the escort. (11)

28 Jan 1943
HMS P 56 (Lt. D.R.O. Mott, DSC, RN) departed Blyth for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) until 0700/30 when HMS Bryony (T/Lt. T. Hand, RNR) took over the escort. (12)

15 Apr 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Methill with HMS Westminster (Lt.Cdr. H.G. Bowerman, DSC, RN), HMS Valorous (Lt. M.G. Macleod, RN), HMS Preston North End (T/Lt. D.K. Bennett, DSC, RNVR), HMS Spurs (A/Skr.Lt. E.J. Day, RNR) and HMS Arab (T/Lt. J.S.H. Lloyd, RNVR). (13)

Sources

  1. Personal communication
  2. ADM 173/16970
  3. ADM 199/400
  4. ADM 199/2573
  5. ADM 173/17407
  6. ADM 199/1834
  7. ADM 199/1856
  8. File 2.12.03.6389 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  9. File 2.12.03.6397 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  10. ADM 173/17467
  11. ADM 199/627
  12. ADM 173/18387
  13. ADM 173/19315

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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